Born in Fort Worth, TX, Richard Gilbert has been playing guitar and writing songs since he was 14 years old. Inspired by the James Taylor's lyrics and playing style and Al Green's voice, Gilbert worked for years to channel those eclectic influences into a unique style characterized by unconventional musicality but firmly rooted in folk traditions.
After a few years of traveling, Gilbert settled in his adopted hometown of Denton, TX, where he played his first open mic night in 2004 at the urging of his son, a regular on the Denton folk music circuit. Since that night, Gilbert has enjoyed a wide variety of musical opportunities, including playing at the Tulsa Mayfest in 2013 and opening for local favorites Sleepyhouse and Savage and the Big Beat.
Gilbert has released two full-length albums, 2005's Can't Stop the Rain and 2011's On the Run (hailed by Tom Franks of Folkwords as a collection of "soul-soothing songs that will stand the test of time"), and two EP, 2013's Faraway Girl and 2015 "I Love The Night" which received a nomination for best music video "The Ghost of Blind Lemon" Awards.
Most recently Gilbert has released "I Love The Night" which received glowing reviews by Tom Franks of Folkwords UK and Lucinda Breeding Denton Record Chronicle. He has continued to expand his music to Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado. Playing recently at the Backwoods Music Festival. In 2017 Gilbert was asked to perform at The Wildflower Arts & Music Festival, which had acts such as The B-52's, Shooter Jennings and Lynyrd Skynyrd.